Escape to the Movies: Repo Men

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I'm not going to rant about my dislike that Repo Men is stealing Repo! idea - it's been said and argued to death. However, if MovieBob is interested (and he reads this board, though it is highly unlikely) I definitely would recommend the original Repo to him.

GameGoddess101:
REPO MEN IS A BIG PHAIL TRAIN!!!
It's bodily ripped off from Repo: The Genetic Opera.
They practically used the same goddamn script.
So yeah.... anything that is seen as original in this movie is actually ripped off from Repo: The Genetic Opera.
But whatever.

I thought exactly the same thing. And Repo: The Genetic Opera was better.

So yea... well done on being an absolute complete rip-off! :D

Liked the 'Old Boy' segment and liked the fact that it's Neo-Toronto.

Though they probably should have filmed at yorkdale subway station for the complete sci-fi look.

Ah Equilibrium, we huddled around and watched it off youtube on a slow workday

........you really know how to get someone curious.......

The monty python reference was classic!!

For a guy that supposedly knows something about movies, he was awfully silent on repo!

(prepares to get his Repo! fan-ness out of his system quickly) All together now...Zydrate comes in a little glass vial...

Seriously, though, I'm giving this movie a pass, not because it steals from anywhere (I'll skirt around that difficult discussion, thank you), but because, being the omniscient bastard I am, I saw the ending coming, I don't really like endings that go that way. It saddens me and leaves me feeling unfulfilled. And that pisses me off even more than the "It was all a dream" endings that keep popping up in films these days like malignant growths on a diseased phallus.

TetsuoKaneda:
(prepares to get his Repo! fan-ness out of his system quickly) All together now...Zydrate comes in a little glass vial...

Seriously, though, I'm giving this movie a pass, not because it steals from anywhere (I'll skirt around that difficult discussion, thank you), but because, being the omniscient bastard I am, I saw the ending coming, I don't really like endings that go that way. It saddens me and leaves me feeling unfulfilled. And that pisses me off even more than the "It was all a dream" endings that keep popping up in films these days like malignant growths on a diseased phallus.

I'm confused. Do you mean give it a pass as in, "I'm skipping this one" or as in, "It doesn't fail"? If the former, how can you skip a film that you apparently have already seen (what with the seeing the ending coming and all). I'll assume you already know the reason for my confusion with the latter, (what with the seeing the ending coming and all).

There are so many plot holes in this movie, you could throw a cat through 'em.

Disappointed none of that was addressed here.

am i the only one who remembers Repo: The Genetic Opera?
you know the movie that originally came up with this entire premise
except it was a musical
and starred the chick from spy-kids

RestamSalucard:

I'm confused. Do you mean give it a pass as in, "I'm skipping this one" or as in, "It doesn't fail"? If the former, how can you skip a film that you apparently have already seen (what with the seeing the ending coming and all). I'll assume you already know the reason for my confusion with the latter, (what with the seeing the ending coming and all).

As in the former, not the latter. I actually haven't seen it, but I figured out the ending after a few whiffs from the trailer and some other little things here and there. The whole thing just carried more of a "Dark corporate satire" vibe than a "Resistance against control" vibe, and after making sure my assumptions were indeed correct, I decided that Repo Men wasn't really worth me seeing-- maybe in the future when I forget what I know (and what fantastic dark corporate satire they referenced with the ending) and I can watch it for free, but not right now, in any case, and maybe not ever.

It's not that I have anything against the movie's content, but my policy is this: I'm willing to go as far as a movie will lead me, but if the ending's no good, then essentially I followed it for however long only to have it deliver a weak payoff. A good ending can elevate the worst movies and turn some okay movies into classics, but a crappy ending can sink even the best of movies.

ALL I can think about whenever I see an ad for this movie is that song from Repo! The Genetic Opera.

It's a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it!
Peelin' of the the tissue inch by inch,
Skinnin' off the muslces, too!

Harvestin' the kidnies for the fall!
Savin' up the livers in the fridge!
No one ever thanks me when I'm done,
How self-absorbed people can be!

With a slice or a snip,
Eenie-meenie-miney-mo!
With a cut, and a stitch,
Returning organs brand-new!

It's a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it!
Like a mop, and a broom,
No one likes a thankless job!

I should try and sneak a boombox into the theater with me if I go, just so I can play this song really loudly during the first surgery scene and see how people react.

the ending ruined it. it just, ARGH!

I'll have to see that sex/surgery/computer-hacking scene.
Sounds interesting.

I'm glad people have done the whole "it's a rip-off of The genetic opera' thing as I find it a bit suspicious - or just dismissive - that this guy didn;t mention anything about it in his review since he goes on about all the other films it;s ripped off. Yeah, i agree, and I prefer the genetic opera to any big-name knock-off with all the charm of a republican with crippling syphillis and a case of halitosis.

At least they haven't nicked our beloved 'little glass vial'! :) x

Nice OldBoy reference, another movie no one has ever seen. Quentin tried so hard to get that movie the top prize at Cannes, but Fahrenheit 911 won. A movie with a strange disturbing plot with devoted performances loses to a documentary merely because most of the world at the point was anti George Bush. "Give to Moore because we hate Bush too!"

Poofs:
am i the only one who remembers Repo: The Genetic Opera?
you know the movie that originally came up with this entire premise
except it was a musical
and starred the chick from spy-kids

And was terrible abomination of a shit stain.

Ah, yes, Oldboy. I liked the claustrophobic fight scene in the revenge hotel, but again, the ending bothered me. Not the big reveal, mind you, just what happened after. I was hoping for something a load more brutal and satisfying, though the ending did fit and I liked it. I was just...bothered.

I have to disagree with the notion that the protagonist in District 9 joined the other side (i.e. the Prawns).

He was in it for himself the entire time he had known what was happening to him. At no point did he ever give a damn about the Prawns outside of what they could do for him.

Still, best episode of the Twilight Zone I've ever seen.

Oh yeah...the fuggin' Twilight Zone.

"AVATAR IS JUST A RIPOFF OF POCAHONTAS!!!"

These kind of comments never flew around with MovieBob's Avatar review, so why are they flying around now?

Anyway. I saw the Movie, and it was good. Not great. Just good.

It could have been great, but the thing about the movie that bothered me the most was... Well, the sex/surgery scene. Totally out of place, totally pointless, and the music that played during the whole thing made me feel like I should have been doing the Tango with my pals.

I'll admit I haven't seen either film but I've looked up the plot to both of them and, aside from the premise, the 2 plots are different.

I loved equilibrium, one of my fav movies of all time, no one I know has seen it though....

...it was amazing, just never got the publicity it deserved....

Meh. If anything, the only reason I'd see this movie is for the knife fight. The sex scene wouldn't sell it for me. Hell, since I saw The Genetic Opera first, seeing repo men ripping people's guts out without the singing just doesn't sit well. It's like how I have a bit of trouble watching West Side Story after watching The Warriors. It just doesn't sit too well on the brain. So, this one I might give a pass until later.

Samoftherocks:
I have to disagree with the notion that the protagonist in District 9 joined the other side (i.e. the Prawns).

He was in it for himself the entire time he had known what was happening to him. At no point did he ever give a damn about the Prawns outside of what they could do for him.

Well for the most part I agree but remember he did stay behind to fight off the Mercs so that Christopher and his son could escape, he could have gone with them but he chose to remain behind, it was sort of self sacrifice.
I thought he kind of redeemed himself at the end by performing a great personal sacrifice to save another.

Vrex360:

Samoftherocks:
I have to disagree with the notion that the protagonist in District 9 joined the other side (i.e. the Prawns).

He was in it for himself the entire time he had known what was happening to him. At no point did he ever give a damn about the Prawns outside of what they could do for him.

Well for the most part I agree but remember he did stay behind to fight off the Mercs so that Christopher and his son could escape, he could have gone with them but he chose to remain behind, it was sort of self sacrifice.
I thought he kind of redeemed himself at the end by performing a great personal sacrifice to save another.

I agree with you, but...unfortunately any more explanation here would be a serious spoiler. All I will say is that the best intentions are often born from selfish desires. I will say no more...

Just watched this film and it is fucking amazing. Yeh it is very similar to Equilibrium but I'd argue that it does it better, I found Equilibrium unbearable to watch at some points, those points being where Christian Bale tried to act being emotional, which didn't work at all. Jude Law on the other hand, did it very very well.

chuckman1:
I'll have to see that sex/surgery/computer-hacking scene.
Sounds interesting.

oh god its disgusting, do not do this to yourself.

Repo: The Genetic Opera was so much better than you give it credit for in your latest review. I'm actually listening to the soundtrack right now :)

Repo! The Genetic Opera > Repo Men. The only thing that bothers me is that there is going to be a inevitable influx of "Repo! stole from Repo Men" even though Repo! came out first and did it better.

Uhh...fuck spoilers, but I'd like to have this whole "sex/surgery/computer-hacking" scene elaborated on...

Bob, please stop giving district 9 more credit than it deserves. go watch it again...it kinda sucks.

again on the "it ripped off repo the genetic opera" but they know that too, they recognized it in a interview- The Director of Repo! went to this production company when looking to sell Repo! and they were all "yeah.. we like it but take out the music" and when they refused to do it they just.. stole the idea. &They admit it

i still want to see it , I watched this to see if I was even worth it... I'm sort of boycotting it. Aka i'll wait till I can obtain it

I guess I'm the only one who didn't like Equilibrium. I couldn't even watch the whole film I just kept laughing at it in between being really bored to tears.

The girlfriend mention that this is suppost to be good and not having seent he trailors I am goin to agree with her and now after watchin this Im thinkin, 'yes, this is a movie that I want to go see'

-M

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